How To Choose The Right Foliage For Floral Displays

Foliage is often considered second fiddle to flowers, which of course have the advantage of featuring a rainbow of bright colours and intricate shapes. But greenery plays a very important role in creating harmony in floral displays, and can even make for beautiful arrangements on its own. From the bright green of privet, the curled leaves of ferns and the silver hue of eucalyptus, there’s a plethora of gorgeous greens out there to complement flowers.

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Exotic greenery

Palm leaves, with their rich verdant shades and sheen, are perfect for enhancing exotic flowers without detracting from their bright colours. They complement the geometric shapes of tropical blooms like alum lilies and bird of paradise flowers. The straight lines of the palm lend a backdrop to the vibrant pink ginger flowers to create a carnival feel in a tropical flavour arrangement. Curled green palm leaves mirror the shimmer of ruby anthuriums to create a voluptuous display, perfect for a table centre piece.

Garden gathered

In summertime we can escape to the country – perhaps a stroll in the forest or a weekend away to see the flowers and hear the wind blowing in the trees. These glorious sights inspire us to create floral displays to reflect the nature around us, and if you have a garden even better: there’s a crop of greenery just waiting to feature in unique displays in the home.

Get creative with floral bouquets and add your own foliage to complement the vibrant colours of the flowers. There may even be inspiration in the garden: take cuttings from shrubs and trees like privet and wild fennel to spruce up flower shop arrangements. Grasses are easy to grow and also make lovely additions to woodland-style displays.

An English garden inspires a bouquet featuring thistles and cow parsley alongside red roses and dark purple dahlias. Proudly display at the kitchen table or feature outdoors for summer barbeques.

Winter wonders

For those planning a winter wedding, it’s worth thinking about the right foliage for this time of year. It’s of course a sparser time when many trees lose their leaves and flowers are hard to find – but evergreens are the bouquet saviours! Holly and ivy are both favourite foliage for winter weddings, and make up classic bouquets of red and white roses. Silvery eucalyptus is ideal for white bouquets with added sparkle and embellishments like feathers and glittery twigs.

Give foliage the starring role

Green bouquets are very popular for brides going for an eco or boho theme. A foliage bouquet makes a beautiful, understated look to complement a white dress and can be mirrored in corsages and table arrangements. Ferns, grasses and eucalyptus sprout outwards in celebratory style, while trailing vines help create an undone look. Green and white flowers like hydrangeas, calla lilies and roses add an extra luxurious touch to bouquets.

To keep with tradition, include herbs like thyme, sage, rosemary and lavender in the bridal bouquet. Originally, wedding bouquets were made of herbs as it was believed they would keep bad spirits away! Nowadays, a bountiful posy of greenery sends good vibes with subtle scent and calming hue.

How To Choose The Right Foliage For Floral Displays was last modified: October 1st, 2016 by Todd

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